Van de Beek enjoys his first week in Manchester: ‘I live in a dream’

It was a dream transfer for Donny van de Beek, from Ajax to Manchester United. And after his first week in English service he can only tell euphoric stories: “I’m having a great time, I’m living in a dream”

Van de Beek already feels quite at home in the Theatre of Dreams after a week, as the nickname of the stadium of United reads. “I have been given a wonderful welcome here by my teammates. It is a real family club and everyone is doing their best to make me feel at home. I am very happy.”

Get used to it, of course, for someone who has spent most of his football life at Ajax. “Of course, you have to get to know everyone. But that happens so fast. I’m getting involved in everything and I’m finding my way around very well.”

First match

Last weekend, Van de Beek wore United‘s shirt, with number 34, for the first time in a practice match with Aston Villa. At that time it was still about the somewhat controversial outshirt. “I have heard that not everyone likes it equally, but I like to play in it. Everyone has their own taste.”

Despite the defeat he received a lot of praise after the match from trainer Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. But of course it will be the Premier League later on. Van de Beek has already spoken about it with experience experts, including Edwin van der Sar, Marc Overmars and his father-in-law Dennis Bergkamp.

“I only hear great stories, but also that it’s spicy. Of course I haven‘t experienced it yet, we played one game, that went well and was fun, but in the end you want to play in the Premier League. Great stadiums, the fields are unbelievable, I can’t wait

House with a garden

For the time being, the Orange International is staying with his girlfriend in a house arranged by Manchester United. They are just the two of them, because due to quarantine measures in England family and friends are not able to visit for the time being.

It is a beautiful house, half an hour from the training complex. I am picked up every day and brought by a driver from the club. My girlfriend is in quarantine for a fortnight, so it‘s a bit more difficult for her. But fortunately it is a beautiful house with a beautiful garden. Although it might not be of much use to you, because it rains a lot here”

Van de Beek said goodbye to Amsterdam last week after the Nations League game between the Netherlands and Italy. He was accompanied by fireworks at the Johan Cruijff Arena by the Ajax fans.

“That does a lot to you. You drive away from there and I don’t know how many people were there. It was beautiful, you get the feeling that they really give me this transfer and that you are appreciated

No promise of return

Van de Beek does not want to make any promises about a possible return to Ajax one day, although it is still very early to speculate about that. “There are so many players who have ever said it, but have not done it. You never know how your career will go. But Ajax takes a big place in my heart, who knows, it might happen one day”